SEFFNER, Fla. -- Seffner (Fla.) Armwood offensive coordinator Evan Davis admits that he is a little concerned about what life will be like without ESPN 150 athlete Alvin Bailey.
The third-year offensive coordinator has a 30-1 record with the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior in the lineup.
“I have to admit things might be a little scary after he’s gone, but I’m happy for Alvin and I think he made the right decision,” Davis said.
Davis and Bailey took several unofficial trips during the summer and went through the recruiting process together. They took trips, took notes and compared programs.
“It was a great learning experience for both of us,” Davis said. “We got to see a lot of things up close and talk football with some brilliant minds. And with each visit we got to see how the things that Clemson did compared to the things that Notre Dame did and so forth.”
Davis said the hardest part of the trip was getting feedback from Bailey on what he liked and didn’t like from each school.
“Alvin has such a big heart and he doesn’t want to let anyone down,” Davis said. “He didn’t want to say anything negative about a program or a team’s philosophy so it was hard to get a grasp on whether he loved a place or he didn’t.”
Davis expects that Bailey’s former teammate and current Florida freshman running back Matt Jones will be a great influence. Jones started for Armwood late in his freshman year and took Bailey under his wing when he came in as a freshman a year later.
The two have been inseparable ever since.
“They are like brothers and Matt was such a good leader for us that it was a good thing for them to be so close,” Davis said. “When we lost the state championship in 2010 it was Matt that got us focused again and Alvin was the first one to buy in off that.”
Armwood runs several formations on offense that mostly revolves around the spread. Bailey wears many hats for the Hawks – wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback, running back and return specialist.
Florida is trying to become more of a pro-style team that uses a downhill rushing attack to set up play action passing. How Bailey will fit into that style of offense remains to be seen, but Davis doesn’t expect the transition to be a problem.
“I think they will use him as a slot receiver first but that could change,” Davis said. “The one misconception of the pro-style offense is that you need to be a 6-foot-4 receiver to play the [outside].
“Florida has great coaches and great coaches figure out a way to get their best player the football. Alvin is going to work so hard that it’s going to force the coaches to figure out how to get him the ball more.”